Outstanding Awards for Waltham Forest Parks
3 August 2012 in Waltham Forest News
A Leyton park which recently opened new and refurbished tennis courts (24 July) is the latest Waltham Forest park to be awarded the highly coveted ‘Green Flag’ status. A nature site run by volunteers also received the borough’s first Community Green Flag award.
The latest addition to join Ridgeway Park, Coronation Gardens and Langthorne Park, which retained their green flag status, is Abbotts Park in Leyton. Waltham Forest now boasts four parks that are rated amongst the best run green spaces in the country.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, who thanked the hard work of staff and the borough’s friends of parks groups, said:
"We are very proud that these much loved and outstanding parks have received official Green Flag recognition as clean and green places for residents and visitors to Waltham Forest to relax, have fun and socialise."
“These coveted awards reflect our continuing commitment to maintain and improve the standards for our green spaces across the borough. They provide a haven for relaxation, community involvement and activities for residents of all ages."
“With the Olympics, current good weather and school holidays, now is the perfect time to make best use of these Green Flag parks and others across Waltham Forest.”
Abbotts Park in Leyton is highly used and reopened its tennis courts and pavilion following a major refurbishment. It is one of several Waltham Forest parks receiving support from a £5 million leisure budget earmarked for parks and green spaces over the next few years. The park also features open and fenced areas for recreational sports, an outdoor gym, a children’s play area, a petanque terrain, a pavilion with toilets and hosts an annual fun fair in July.
Mike Freeman, Friends of Hawkwood Nature Reserve Group, added: